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JK Rowling accepts 'substantial' charity donation from law firm that leaked pen name

Published 31/07/2013 | 11:30

File photo dated 27/09/12 of author JK Rowling as a legal firm has apologised "unreservedly" after one of its partners was traced as the source for the author being unmasked when she published a book under a false name. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 18, 2013. Rowling has said she was "disappointed" and "angry" after finding that Russells - an entertainment law firm - had been involved in the revelation. It emerged at the weekend that she had published a detective thriller under pseudonym Robert Galbraith, many weeks after the book had come out. The novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, quickly became a best-seller, shooting to the top of book charts. See PA story ARTS Rowling. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Author JK Rowling

AUTHOR JK Rowling has accepted a substantial donation to charity from a law firm which breached her confidentiality by revealing she was writing under a pseudonym.

Harry Potter's creator brought proceedings in London's High Court against Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells and a friend of his, Judith Callegari.


Her solicitor, Jenny Afia, told Mr Justice Tugendhat that Rowling was revealed in the Sunday Times as the writer of crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, which was published under the name of Robert Galbraith.


A few days later, Russells contacted her agent disclosing that it was Mr Gossage who had divulged the confidential information to Ms Callegari, who then communicated it in the course of a Twitter exchange with a journalist.


Ms Afia said that Ms Rowling, who was not in court, "has been left dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust".


Mr Gossage, Ms Callegari and Russells all apologised, with the firm agreeing to reimburse Ms Rowling's legal costs and make a payment, by way of damages, to the the Soldiers' Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund.

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